Liam Deegan

Beer Review: Victory Yakima Twilight

In Black IPA, Reviews on October 14, 2010 at 10:42 pm

First, let me just say I love this beer.  I drank one bottle faster than it took to figure out how to pronounce “Yakima.”

Yakima Twilight is released in the colder months from Pennsylvania’s Victory Brewery.  It is one of my favorite beers ever and part of a new style in response to beers being made around the US.  This beer is categorized now as a Cascadian Dark Ale or Black IPA.  The name has been highly debated, as Black India Pale Ale is contradictory, but these highly hopped beers, with the addition of dark malts to give it more depth, roasty flavors and a darker color make for a delicious beer whatever you name it.  This is one of my favorites of this style.  Here’s my review:

Pours a dark copper with some ruby red highlights and looks great when held up to the light.  A head of fine khaki colored bubbles tops the beer.

The aroma is floral and fruity.  The hops lend grapefruit, pineapple and bright green grassy smells.

Sweet malt washes in on the first sip of this creamy beer and quickly turns into juicy red grapefruit flavors with a bittersweet finish.

This beer is extremely drinkable.  It’s velvety smooth but has some lively bubbles and a full body with excellent balance on the palate.

The beer is not overly bitter as the sweeter malts succeed in acting against the hops but both the dark, bready malt sweetness and the bright, fruity and floral hop flavors create a flavor greater than the sum of it’s parts and the Black IPA is true harmony in a glass.

Style: Black IPA

ABV: 8.7%

Cheers!

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